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Kentucky Chronicles: A Podcast of the Kentucky Historical Society is dedicated to sharing the scholarship of KHS researchers on a wide array of topics. The podcast provides a forum for KHS research fellows to share their findings and to promote their research and any publications that might follow, including articles in KHS publications. For several years, the KHS has offered educational grants creating opportunities for researchers worldwide to visit and explore our rich archival holdings. Subscribe and listen on Spotify, Podbean, Soundcloud and YouTube. Hosted by Dr. Daniel J. Burge.
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Vol. 01, No. 01 - The New Madrid Earthquakes, with Dr. Jonathan Hancock
From December, 1811 until March, 1812, a series of three major earthquakes along the far western border of Kentucky shook the North American interior. The earthquakes were felt from as far away as South Carolina. Join us for a discussion with a KHS Research Fellow who is writing a book on the infamous earthquakes.
Vol. 01, No. 02 – More Than a Congressman’s Mistress, with Dr. Elizabeth DeWolfe
Throughout the history of the United States, several court cases have gripped the attention of the entire nation. In 1894, one such case occurred when Madeleine Pollard, a young woman from Frankfort, Kentucky, sued Kentucky Congressman William C.P. Breckinridge for breach of promise. Join us today for a discussion with a KHS research fellow who has written an article about Madeleine Pollard and who argues that we should see her as far more than simply “a Congressman’s Mistress."
"More Than a Congressman’s Mistress: Ambition and Scandal in the Life of Madeleine Pollard.” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 115, no. 3 (Summer 2017): 313-348. Read on Project Muse.
Vol. 01, No. 03 – Aged Well in Kentucky, with Dr. Simon Buck.
In the United States, several stereotypes dominate the popular imagination regarding Kentucky: horses, bourbon, fried chicken, and bluegrass. But what is the perception of Kentucky from outside of the United States? Join us for a discussion with Simon Buck, a researcher at the University of Edinburgh, as we discuss aging, music, and how a person who grew up in the United Kingdom became interested in studying Kentucky.
Vol. 01, No. 04 – Politics in Civil War Kentucky, with Dr. J. Matthew Gallman
“‘What is the case of ‘Willie Waller’ at Maysville, Kentucky?’: The Strange Tale of a Kentucky Rebel,” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 117, no. 1 (Winter 2019): 1-37. Read on Project Muse.
Read Dr. Gallman's book, available through University of Virginia Press.
Vol. 01, No. 05 – Our Own History, with Dr. Derek Kane O’Leary
The Kentucky Historical Society was founded in 1836, but did you know that it soon lapsed? Join us today for a discussion with a KHS research fellow who has written an article examining the origins of the Kentucky Historical Society and who explains why it struggled to survive as an institution in the nineteenth century.
“‘The Historical Society has removed to Massachusetts’: Edward Jarvis and the First Kentucky Historical Society,” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 121, no. 1 (Winter 2023): 5-50. Read on Project Muse.
Vol. 01, No. 06 – The Eugenics Debate, with Dr. Pietra Diwan
The issues of birth control and reproductive rights are familiar today to most Americans, but did you know that over a century ago these issues were being debated? Join us today for a discussion with a KHS research fellow who is examining the legacy of eugenics and who helps explain why these debates from over a century ago have a continuing relevance today.
Vol. 01, No. 07 – Owensboro’s Black Chautauqua, with Dr. Cynthia Patterson
On August 12, 2022, noted author Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times as he was about to deliver a talk at the Chautauqua Institute, in Chautauqua, New York. Popular in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Chautauquas have declined in popularity over the years, although they are still held throughout the United States. Join us today for a discussion with a KHS research fellow who has written an article about a Black Chautauqua that was held in Owensboro, Kentucky, as we delve into the local history of Chautauquas.
Vol. 01, No. 08 – Evolution and Kentucky Before Scopes, with Emily Muhich
In 1925, Americans focused their attention on the Scopes Trial, a court case in Tennessee where a teacher was put on trial for teaching evolution. Yet three years before the infamous trial, the state of Kentucky nearly passed a law that would have forbidden the teaching of evolution. Join us today for a discussion with a KHS research fellow who is writing a dissertation about the evolution debates that roiled Kentucky in 1922.
120: Common Threads of Kentucky History is an episodic podcast produced in partnership with WUKY News Director, Alan Lytle, by Greg Hardison and Stuart Sanders. Episodes are available for streaming on SoundCloud and Spotify.
Episode 1 | Out of the Gate (Sept. 4, 2020)
Our debut episode focuses on the Kentucky Derby and was posted the day before the Thoroughbred horse race that was rescheduled for September 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The episode features readings from KHS collections, and interviews author Jennifer S. Kelly; and Director of Curatorial & Educational Affairs, Chris Goodlett, at the Kentucky Derby Museum.
Episode 2 | Aged to Perfection (Nov. 25, 2020)
This episode features readings from select KHS collections; interviews with Kentucky bourbon archaeologist, Nicolas Laracuente; bourbon tour guide, Freddie Johnson, at Buffalo Trace Distillery; and Adam Johnson with the Kentucky Distillers Association.
Episode 3 | Divided We Stood (April. 20, 2021)
As a border state that supported the Union and also retained slavery, Kentucky’s experience during the Civil War was unique. In this episode, University of Kentucky history professor and author, Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor, spoke about her research and book on enslaved refugees at Camp Nelson; and Dr. Chuck Welsko, with the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition, was interviewed about the work his team is doing to document a diverse collection of historical resources. Interspersed through the podcast are dramatic readings illustrating several historical perspectives from Kentucky on the Civil War.